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About Kate Boyd

Described by Gramophone Magazine as a pianist with a “strong lyrical bent and feeling for nuance,” Kate Boyd has performed solo recitals at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Schubert’s birth house in Vienna, the National Concert Hall in Dublin, the Musikhalle Hamburg, in addition to many places throughout the US, Greece, Ireland and Canada.
Her first solo CD, Music for the End of Winter (Ravello), consists of previously-unrecorded works for solo piano by five American composers. Her second solo CD, consisting of works by John Cage (Navona), has received more than 100,000 digital downloads and streams to date.
As an educator, Boyd has presented lectures and workshops at state, regional, and international conferences, including the International John Cage Conference in Malaysia, the European Piano Teachers Association Conference in Germany, the College Music Society Great Lakes Regional Conference, and the Kentucky Music Teachers Association State Conference. Boyd regularly gives masterclasses to students through teacher organizations and universities, and has worked with students of all ages.
Boyd has received numerous awards and prizes, including 2016-17 Outstanding Professor of the Year at Butler University, an Indiana Arts Commission Grant and a Creative Renewal Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis.  Other awards and prizes include a Fulbright scholarship and fellowships at the Tanglewood Center, Blossom Music Center, the Banff Centre for the Arts, and Prussia Cove (England). 
Boyd holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory, Stony Brook University, and the Hannover (Germany) Academy of Music. She also studied at the Cologne (Germany) Academy of Music.  Kate Boyd currently serves as Professor of Piano and Piano Area Coordinator at Butler University, where she was recently promoted to the rank of full professor. In the summers, she is on the piano faculty of Interlochen Arts Camp.

Below you will find her recent professional work and activities, but you can also find the most up-to-date information on her website.


Present Professor of Piano, Butler University School of Music


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Honors and Awards

  • Indianapolis Arts Council Creative Renewal Fellowship: 2009
  • Indiana Arts Commission Grant: 2013
  • Outstanding Professor of the Year, Butler University: 2016-2017 academic year

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